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  •  3 hour

    "This tour takes delegates south of Nanaimo to Ladysmith and Chemainus. Ladysmith, a small but growing community of approximately 8,300, is nestled on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island. Ladysmith is a charming West Coast town, enriched by the history of the original inhabitants of the area, the Stz’uminus First Nation. Residents place a very high value on preserving Ladysmith’s heritage, and the town is taking measures to enshrine those values in development-related plans, policies, and guidelines. More information on Ladysmith’s history and heritage is available here, and an inventory of its significant buildings on its Heritage Register is available here. Chemainus, further south of Ladysmith, is Vancouver Island’s arts town, nestled between the mountains and ocean. Chemainus is famous for over 40 large wall murals and 13 sculptures depicting its rich history. Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works: Ladysmith Spirit Square Architect: Franc D’Ambrosio Ladysmith Amphitheatre at Transfer Beach Architect: Michelle Cloghesy, Landscape Architect / Concept Design: AYPQ Architecture Chemainus Valley Museum & Visitor Centre Architect: AYPQ Architecture SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS"


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  •  3.50 hour

    How to engage emerging practitioners in architecture, providing them with a voice and support while accruing benefit to practices and the profession as a whole? This question summarizes the goal of the recently formed RAIC Emerging Practitioners; an advocacy group for interns, students, and other emerging practitioners. This workshop session will be the formal unveiling of RAIC EP. We will begin with a brief presentation of the group's background, research, structure, and objectives. Roundtable and group discussions will then target communication between regulators, practitioners, academia and emerging practitioner. They will generate feedback on goals and priorities. This session offers a unique opportunity to learn about the organization and contribute to its development through your participation.


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  •  1.50 hour

    As a building conservator I spend a good deal of my time trying to convince skeptical people to invest large sums of money in the preservation of broken places: typically abused and abandoned by those same communities I hope to enroll to save them. Frequently, something remarkable happens along the way: almost overnight the energy changes and we experience a shift from opposition, cynicism, and vandalism; to optimism, ownership and celebration. As we increasingly seek to address the impacts of climate change through the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of our existing buildings, we need to understand better this transformational process.


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  •  2 hour

    Donne un aperçu de l’importance qu’il faut accorder à l’élaboration d’un plan intégré de gestion des déchets solides (PIGDS), et aborde l’impact des déchets sur l’environnement, les éléments clés d’un PIGDS et les étapes menant à l’élaboration d’un PIGDS complet.


  •  1.50 hour

    As our urban centers become increasingly dense, the effective movement of large volumes of people through complex spaces requires creative solutions.  Maintaining a positive user experience includes moderating densification, controlling flows of people, identifying and supporting retail strategies while addressing user interfaces such as ticketing, security cues, and fare gates.  This session will outline current approaches to addressing pedestrian planning in complex spaces, including examples of small, medium, and large case studies of people movement through complex buildings. Examples will be presented in three-dimensional imaging using the pedestrian modeling software MassMotion. 


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  •  1.50 hour

    "Consult the community," you are told.  How will you engage the community?  Can a community become involved in design dialogue without you losing control of the design?  Take part in an interactive and creative workshop on how to engage a community in sustainable design.  Discuss techniques of effective communal design dialogue, with examples of how noted architects used the joint responses to enrich their award-winning designs.  Delegates describe a future day in the sustainable city.  Three Co-Design artists sit with groups of delegates to collaboratively draw their ideas on the design.


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  •  1 hour

    As we become more aware of the levels of toxins in our environment we are realizing that the quality of air inside our homes is just as important as the quality of air outside our homes. This course provides an overview as to why indoor air quality is so important to our health and how to improve indoor air quality by using a balanced ventilation system.


  •  1 hour

    This course follows the growth of the IP through four stories of projects whose objectives were met or exceeded though the use of the IP. The projects range in age from 1993 to the present and in scope from a series of single-family homes and a freestanding rural structure to a multi-acre inner city mixed use redevelopment. The course will highlight the IP components employed while focusing on the more invisible benefits and the lessons learned from each of the IPs.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.

    In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the importance of the workplace break room and how ice can play a crucial role in an enhanced refreshment service. Also addressed are the different types of ice available, the equipment that produces and stores ice and the Architect/Designer’s role in specifying the equipment, taking into account key consideration factors.


  •  1.5 hour

    Provides an overview of how designers and engineers have moved from their basic 2D environment, into a highly intelligent, collaborative world based in the cloud. Design, construction, and building maintenance will never be the same.


  •  8 hour

    This course is designed to provide an overview of wood finishing. This includes clear finishes, pigmented finishes, stains, dyes, glazes, multi-step color finishing, and finishing systems. The course is 35% classroom and 65% hands-on.


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  •  1 hour


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  •  1.50 hour

    Building codes and regulations have been changing – perhaps more quickly than at almost any time in history – to improve the resource efficiency and durability of buildings.  Current and proposed building codes contain simple and reasonable provisions for much better building enclosures, but these changes also have far-reaching implications.  This session will examine building code changes and their direct impact on architectural design.  Case studies, including several tall residential and commercial buildings, will be used to explain how new code requirements are pushing toward new approaches to enclosure design and construction.


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  •  2 hour

    "With the role of architecture expanding into the realm of social and environmental responsibility, architecture today is the responsibility not only of architects but also of other custodians of our community. All must work together to make architecture that will withstand the test of time. Speakers will address the political, social and cultural factors that influence successful implementation of design ideas and the creation of meaningful architecture that connects with its community. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussion."


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  •  1 hour

    This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on a LEED project pursuing the Materials and Resources prerequisite and credit for Construction and Demolition Waste Management in LEEDv4. This course will provide you with tools and resources to effectively manage the construction and demolition waste on your project in order to meet LEED requirements.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.

    In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  •  6 hour

    Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located 1.5 hours south of Nanaimo, and internationally renowned as the “City of Gardens”, for it’s some 1500 hanging baskets that adorn lampposts through the city each summer. Victoria is home to Francis Rattenbury’s Neo-Baroque Parliament Building’s and The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. More information on Victoria is available at tourismvictoria.com Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works en-route to Victoria: Brentwood College Architect: Merrick Architecture & Christine Lintott Architects View Royal Fire Hall & Public Safety Building Architect: HCMA Reliable Controls Annex – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works in Victoria: Dockside Green, Phase 1 – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism The Atrium Building – RAIC/CaGBC National Award of Excellence for Green Architecture, LEED Gold Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Selkirk Waterfront Development & Master Plan – including CaGBC LEED Gold Certified and CaGBC LEED Gold Certification pending buildings Architect: Urban Design Cooperative/ deHoog D’Ambrosio Rowe Architects; D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Additional Highlights, both tourism and historic are: Parliament Buildings Architect: Francis Rattenbury The Fairmont Empress Hotel Architect: Francis Rattenbury CPR Steamship Terminal Architect: Francis Rattenbury Craigdarroch Castle Architect: H.H. Richardson PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of sites on this tour, some sites will be seen from the exterior only or viewed from the coach. SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS


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  •  2 hour

    Donne un aperçu de la conception d’une collectivité durable en mettant l’accent sur l’application des six principes de base de la planification pour intégrer les bâtiments dans les collectivités et créer ainsi des lieux de vie sains, tranquilles et respectueux de l’environnement.


  •  1 hour

    "Acre Architects is developing a practice of Storied Architecture in Atlantic Canada. The Acre frames its work within a global context with a commitment to local commissions that emphasize building a sense of place and identity through a willful and inspired process of storied architecture. Making its base camp in the province of New Brunswick where there are only 11 Architects under the age of 40, Acre Architects celebrates the unique nature of this architectural landscape. It engages opportunities that lie outside of larger city centres, where there is an impetus to rise above the increasing challenges commonly found on the fringe. By not taking the conventional order of things as a given, the Acre is finding a way to meaningfully create a space for architecture to contribute to the identity of Atlantic Canada and to engage the communities that house their projects. At the heart of the practice is the desire to help their clients live great stories and for those stories to create our history."


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  •  1.50 hour

    Tibetan Culture in Exile: Reflections on Architecture and Identity


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  •  1 hour

    Discusses the benefits of using more wood, not less, to lower carbon emissions and tackle climate change, and identifies what sustainable hardwood species are the most abundant and where some of the best managed, certified hardwood forests are located. The physical and performance properties of European Beech are compared to eight other temperate hardwoods.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  •  1.50 hour

    This walking tour will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their charrette sites and environments and to start generating ideas before participating in the charrette on Friday morning.  Register for the location you would like to provide ideas for, and get outside to explore it during this walking tour. (Each tour may view up to three sites, within close walking proximity.)


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  •  2 hour

    Présenter un aperçu des modes de gestion de l’eau et des eaux pluviales à l’échelle d’un terrain, d’un quartier et d’un bassin hydrologique et examiner le lien entre ces modes de gestion et la planification de collectivités durables et la conception de bàtiments écologiques.


  •  1 hour

    This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED® project.

    In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  •  1.50 hour

    In recent years, the field of building performance analyses, including energy modeling and simulation, has made big leaps forward concerning information that can be made available to architects early in the design process and can be used to inform schematic and conceptual design. However, often architects are not yet well connected to this resource and lack access to the information that might be desirable. In this session, we will discuss an example where we successfully used energy simulations, natural ventilation simulations, and thermal comfort assessments to inform program and form of a tall residential tower.


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  •  1.50 hour

    In 2008, John Ralston Saul described Canada as a "Métis civilization" whose values and attributes are deeply linked to our aboriginal heritage and the cultural negotiation between our First Nations and European ancestry.  If Saul's provocation is considered in relation to discussions surrounding our national architectural identity, the first question might be - if we are a Métis "nation," what is Métis architecture?  How does this relate to the actual Métis Nation and architects such as Douglas Cardinal, Étienne Gaboury, and Alfred Waugh who are often described as Métis?  Transcending futile searches for a "Métis style", this session will consider a potentially distinct Canadian approach to material and ideological hybridity throughout the design process while recognizing the complexity of using the term Métis in this context.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of code requirements pertaining to commercial reroofing, including a discussion of the impacts of retrofit construction on energy efficiency.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.

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